The NCAA will permit football and men’s and women’s basketball teams to resume voluntary athletic activities on June 1, according to a report by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.
Those sports typically have voluntary workouts in the summer, with most of the activities player-driven and a limited number of hours of coach interaction.
The move would be the first sign of a resumption of Division I athletics, after all sports were shuttered thanks to the coronavirus pandemic in May.
Teams will still need to abide by the restrictions put in place by their local and state health department guidelines and government restrictions and ordinances.
Western Pennsylvania remains in the yellow phase of governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, which still prohibits organized sports.
“We’d have to wait to the green phase for that to be allowed,” health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said earlier this month. “As the governor has been saying, yellow means caution, and it would not be an exercise of caution to let team sports play.”
The yellow phase does allow for gatherings of less than 25 people. It’s not clear how collegiate practices could fit into that structure. Wolf said on Wednesday that his office is working on a plan to allow sports at all levels to resume.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (@AP) _ Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and leagues, both professional and amateur, to return to a "semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) May 20, 2020
According to Thamel, decisions have not been made about the resumption of athletic activities for other sports.